Office Profile

Urban Design is the bridge between planning and architecture. It is the necessary creative link between planning policy and the building process. Engineers, councils and institutions representing public sector interests are integrated into the design evolvement together with the existing planning parameters. A prognosis regarding possible future development is made and illustrated in graphical form, completed by an explanatory text to support the urban design concept. Jointly with the client alternative proposals are discussed to convincingly determine the basis for the Urban Design Masterplan. Urban Design translates two dimensional plans into three dimensional frameworks for building projects. It brings together buildings, streets and landscape with the design of the public realm. It establishes a spatial syntax within which urban development can take place.

Architecture evolves directly from the determinants of Urban Design and the uniqueness of each place. It arises from the synthesis of diverse disciplines which affect each individual design; as well as the application of contemporary means of technology, ecology and cost-saving. Imagination, technical know-how, time management, cost control and practical energy concepts; are all essential components of this present-day professional service.

Boris Kazanski (BArch Adelaide, Australia), Fellow Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Member of the Architektenkammer Nordrhein-Westfalen (Mitglieds-Nr.: 19227), is an Urban Designer with international experience. Professional engagements have taken him to Rome, London, Berlin, New York, Düsseldorf, Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney. He is registered to practice in Australia and Germany and acts as a consultant to government agencies and private development organisations. For over ten years he taught Urban Design at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Since 1998 he is in partnership with Theresa Keilhacker in Berlin.

Theresa Keilhacker is an independent architect and a member of the professional network called AfA – Architekten für Architekten. From 2005 to 2013, she chaired the Committee for Sustainable Planning and Building at the Berlin Chamber of Architects. Since 2007 she is a member of the Council for City Development. From 2013 to 2017 Theresa was the Vice-President of the Berlin Chamber of Architects which represents 8500 registered members. Amongst other activities, this position carried responsibilities for urban development; sustainable planning and construction; as well as international contacts. In 2014 she was appointed to the Commission for Sustainable Building of the German Federal Environment Agency (KNBau). One of the central goals of KNBau is to foster scientific discussion regarding sustainable building into practice. Since 1998 she is a partner of the Office for Urban Design and Architecture in Berlin together with Boris Kazanski.